Our video tutorial this week features a fun, no-heat curling technique for which we like to call "noodle curls!" (I think it's fairly obvious why we chose the name we did.... don't these curls look just like noodles??)
Over the years, we have done many hairstyles using "rope braids" or "twist braids" and have noticed when we have taken the braids out, these unique spiral curls are formed. (I'm guessing some of you have discovered this as well?) On occasion over the past several years, we have made rope braids just for the curls themselves. And, through trial and error, we have learned a few tricks and tips along the way for perfecting these curls, which is what we wanted to share today. ;)
Of course, these noodle curls are not your standard, every day, "pretty" curl. The princess loves them because they look so different and unique (almost not natural looking.) She always seems to receive compliments when she wears these curls, along with people wondering if it is actually her "real hair." I'm sure you will too!
The Princess normally sleeps in these braids while they are damp and lets them dry overnight (overnight curls.) If you don't have time for that, you could always use a blow dryer to speed up the process (which would obviously involve applying some heat to your hair, making them not so no-heat curls.)
We usually try to get a couple of days out of these "noodles." After the first day, if things are starting to look a little "fuzzy" we will wrap the curls up into a bun, or braid them (as shown below.) I think the added texture from these noodles looks so cool! And, You could really do any type of braid you want with these: A fishtail braid, a 4-strand, etc..
Supplies needed to create these curls:
- Several small elastics or hair ties for the ends of the braids (we used 10)
- 1 medium size ponytail holder
- Spray bottle with water, or damp hair
- The product we used in our video (below) is called Moroccan Infusion made by Suave, and was purchased at our local Target. (Optional)
- Finishing hair spray. (Optional)
P.S. In case you are wondering how to take these curls out when you are done... it can be a little tricky. You definitely don't want to just take a brush to them and go to town! To avoid tangles and damage, I would suggest taking one "noodle" at a time, and start at the bottom. Gently comb and untwist the curl as you work your way up to the top. If you take a little extra care and time, these should come out quite easily. If you don't have the patience for combing out each curl separately, you could try getting the curls wet (in the bathtub) then add conditioner. Comb the curls out with the conditioner still in.